Copycat Trader Joe’s Gone Bananas is one of the simplest recipes on the blog, and one of the most outrageously delicious frozen desserts you’ll ever eat!

Frozen Chocolate Covered Banana Bites

A quick little post today — we had a busy weekend and I’m still recovering.   But I think you’ll be glad you stopped by, these dark chocolate covered frozen banana bites are so good.  They’re a copycat version of Trader Joe’s Gone Bananas.  The last time I was at my sister’s she brought out a box and it didn’t even make it all the way around the table before it was emptied.  That’s like throwing down the gauntlet to a food blogger.  Why buy something in frustratingly small boxes when you can make them yourself?

Copycat Trader Joe's Gone Bananas! 2

If you haven’t had the TJ’s Gone Bananas you’re in for a treat.  The frozen banana tastes just like ice cream, and the chocolate shell is rich and crunchy.  Since you’re making them yourself you can use your favorite chocolate.  I like dark, but milk or white works too.  The magic is in the coconut oil, which, when melted with the chocolate, makes a coating that hardens instantly on contact with the cold banana.

TIP: Top the coated banana slices with crushed nuts, coconut, or sprinkles before the chocolate hardens.

Copycat Trader Joe's Gone Bananas!

Yield: serves 2


  • 1 banana
  • 1 heaping cup dark chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil


  1. Slice the banana and place the slices on a tray. Put the tray in the freezer until the bananas are frozen solid. About an hour.
  2. Meanwhile place the chocolate chips and the coconut oil in a small microwave safe bowl or measuring cup. Microwave for 30 seconds and then stir. Microwave for another 15 seconds and stir again, until all the chocolate is melted and smooth. Put it back in the microwave for another few seconds if necessary. Don't over heat. Set the chocolate aside to cool.
  3. When the bananas are frozen, dip them into the cooled chocolate and coat on all sides. I like set the slices on a fork and then use a spoon to help drizzle the chocolate all over. Let any excess chocolate drip off before setting the slice down on parchment or waxed paper. Put the slices back in the freezer right away.
  4. You can store the slices in a zip lock freezer baggie once the chocolate has hardened.


  • Spread a dab of peanut butter on the frozen bananas before coating them if you like.
  • Slide a popsicle stick into the sliced bananas BEFORE freezing and dipping them.

Copycat Trader Joe's Gone Bananas!


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81 Responses to Minimal Monday: Copycat Trader Joe’s Gone Bananas!

  1. Virginia Graves says:

    I love reading the comments as we all can put in more ideas. this sounds so good. I plan on making them for halloween party for kids. I think they will love them. Thanks for other ideas too. must try them all..

  2. Carmella says:

    Should the bananas not be overripe? I have three pretty brown ripe bananas

  3. MMMmm! Perfect bite sized treats! I tend to use coconut oil to sort of “temper” the chocolate too, it works a treat :D x

  4. Mary Lou Kelp says:

    My husband wants me to make the Chocolate Eclair Cake, but for some reason, I can’t pull it up. Can you send it to me? My E-mail address is :

    Thank you,
    Mary Lou Kelp

  5. Tabitha says:

    Do you know calories and serving size? These are very delicious.. And I will like this as a healthy/ naughty snack.. Lol..
    I have made these few times already.. And everyone loved them..

    • Sue says:

      I don’t know the calories offhand, Tabitha, but I think they are a healthy snack, and I’d say about 4 would be a serving size.

    • Matt says:

      Tabitha – the calories are going to be the sum of the calories in a banana, the calories in a cup of the chocolate that you are using, and 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. If you are looking for calories per banana slice, then just divide your total by how many slices you came out with per banana.

      Mine came out to:
      Banana – 105 calories
      2 tbsp coconut oil – 240 calories
      ~ 1 cup 62% cacao dark chocolate chunks – 1,120 calories
      Total: 1,465 calories

      If you came out with 20 slices per banana, that makes each slice about 73 calories. That seems high to me! Also, since (by my calculation) about 60% of the calories are coming from fat, I wouldn’t call these a “healthy” snack. Although they are non-dairy and probably healthier than just ice cream! Also, since I’m being thorough, the Trader Joe’s version, Gone Bananas, has 130 calories for 4 slices, or 32.5 calories per slice. They must be using low-fat chocolate!

  6. Kathy says:

    These are much better than the Trader Joe ones.

    • Sue says:

      Thanks Kathy, I think that’s because we use better chocolate making it ourselves than any mass produced product does.

  7. Lisa says:

    I make these and roll them in organic unsweetened shredded coconut after dipping them in the chocolate.

  8. Pelican says:

    For young children: slice the banana, lay on cookie sheet, poke a chocolate chip in the middle, and freeze. We put four in a small plastic bag and keep in the freezer. Helps with self control, a little bit.

  9. Brittany says:

    Hi there! Any advice on how to get added into the “All about “Food” group board? Came across your pin on there and it looks AMAZING!

    • Sue says:

      Hi Brittany — I’m not an admin on that board, so I don’t know. Check with the very first person listed on the board, that will be the owner. Good luck, and thanks for stopping by :)

  10. Ashley says:

    These were awesome and so simple! My chocolate took a lot longer to melt in the microwave – about a minute stopping every 30 seconds to stir. I cheated and did not freeze the bananas first. Still worked.

    I made two bananas with the chocolate and still had a bunch left over. So I spread it on a silicone sheet and pressed some dried fruit, nuts, and puffed millet in it for an additional chocolatey goodness snack. Had to pop it in the freezer to get it to harden, and then kept the finished goodness in the freezer. Yum.

  11. Any idea how long these will stay fresh in the freezer? Thinking about making a bunch to keep and have on hand for a healthy grab and go snack. Thanks!

    • Sue says:

      I think the banana would start to degrade fairly quickly, but that’s just my guess…they’ve never lasted long here, so I don’t know :)

  12. Tiffany says:

    Thank you for this.! It is delicious.!

  13. ray says:

    hi! can you add peanut butter to the chocolate?

    • Sue says:

      The best way to add peanut butter is to spread a layer on top of the frozen banana, then refreeze until firm, and then dip! I don’t think the chocolate will harden properly if you try to mix peanut butter into the chocolate coating.

  14. Alice lim says:

    Hi Sue, Is this recipe lastose free if using dark chocolate?

  15. suzi says:

    i am thinking of adding some crunch when i try to make these myself. gonna sprinkle some brown rice cereal on the frozen nanas before i dip and see…. thanks for sharing such sweet little treats!!

  16. kisha274 says:

    Could I do this with Cacao nibs??? Maybe a mixture of Cacao nibs, Organic maple syrup and Organic coconut oil?

  17. amboire says:

    it might be handy to stick a toothpick in the fruit slices before freezing – would make it easier to coat the fruit and use for nibbling handles when ready. We made this last night using 1/2 chocolate chips and 1/2 peanut butter chips. It made enough to coat the banana slices and a handful of frozen cherries (my hubby *raved* about the cherries).

  18. Sue says:

    OMGGGG , I just made 3 bananas, WOW!!!! Better than ice cream, I have been eating healthly for about a month and I lost about 10 pounds, this is so easy and the best snack, I love, Love them!!! Thank U so very much!!!

  19. Liz says:

    I love these! They were so fun to make and a delicious, healthy-isn treat ;)

  20. jamie says:

    AMAZING! These are SOOOOOO GOOOOOOOD! Work fast though because they thaw really fast. I did 6 bananas at a time and had to stop halfway through and refreeze the slices, small batches would be best. I used 60% cocoa and they were perfect

  21. Megan says:

    I was just wondering if it’d be possible to get the nutritional information for these? They look delicious

    • Ivy says:

      The nutritional information all depends on what brands of coconut oil and chips you use.In a nutshell who really cares? They are healthy for you because of the 3 ingredients used. So what I would say is .. make a batch and sit back and enjoy guilt free!

    • Tammy says:

      1 cup of dark chocolate chips has over 800 calories
      2 TBS of coconut approx 230 calories
      1 Banana approx 100 calories

  22. Mejia Mamma says:

    Hi there – these are my FAV things to buy at TJ’s…and I’ve made some myself in the past just melting chocolate chips in a zip bag and sort of ‘piping’ a bit onto the banana slices…however I was wondering with your recipe, if maybe I could just use unsweetened cocoa powder mixed with the coconut oil…wonder if it would harden the same way? :-/

    • Sue says:

      That’s an interesting thought, Mejia Mamma… I’m not sure what would happen because you’d probably need more coconut oil to blend the cocoa powder in…let me know if you try it!

    • bridget says:

      I’ve done it successfully with a mixture of melted coconut oil, cocoa powder, and maple syrup. (about equal parts coconut and cocoa powder, to a half part or less of maple syrup)

  23. Sarah says:

    I just made these and they are fantastic!!! Thank you so much for the recipe!

  24. Bella says:

    These look lush! However Coconut oil is a little out of my price range and a tad tricky to find (I live in Peru) . Would they work just fine with regular milk chocolate if I popped them back in the freezer for a while afterwards?

  25. Gerrie says:

    Omg….These were so easy to make and great to eat!

  26. Clearly I have not explored TJ’s well enough!

  27. what a great idea and such a nice snack

  28. kim says:

    Made these today. YUMMY. We also used clementines. These were great as well.the kids loved them. For those not wanting to use coconut oil, thinking real butter might work.

  29. lissette says:

    Sounds really yummy. Does it work without the coconut oil? The majority of my family dislikes coconut.

    • Sue says:

      You have two choices, you can use refined coconut oil, which has a very muted coconut flavor, or you can use plain chocolate. The plain chocolate will take a little longer to harden, but you can just pop them back in the freezer to take care of that. It shouldn’t be a problem at all.

  30. Virginia says:

    OMG THESE ARE AMAZING!! My new fav evening treat! I just made them today for the first time and used 2 kinds of dark chocolate- one bar of 73% organic dark chocolate from Trader Joes (in a purple wrapper- SO good) and a few squares of a 85% dark chocolate bar also from TJs. The bananas I used were nicely ripened (yellow with some brown spots), which I think added to the flavor. They turned out so creamy and smooth..melt-in-your-mouth!
    It was extremely hard not to eat them all! :)

  31. cristina says:

    I love this idea done in slices! Easy to snack on and add to yogurt or ice cream!! :)

  32. it is perfect! Everything about this is perfect. Bananas and chocolate are the best together. Great great job

  33. Oh, yes please! I’m putting these on my to do list!

  34. Amy says:

    I was going to resist these, with great difficulty, until Missy suggested adding peanut butter. Curses upon you Missy! Now I have to make these, soon. I think these count as 3 servings of fruits and vegetables; 1 is the banana, 2 is the coconut oil and 3 if you make them with peanut butter. Anyone buying this?

  35. Wendy O'Neal says:

    Who knew they were this easy! I love those little bites of goodness and can’t wait to make up a huge batch (and then hide them from the kids).

  36. Leslie says:

    These look so scrumptious! Do you have a recommendation as to ripeness of the bananas for best flavor? I would guess that very ripe, ready for banana bread bananas would be difficult to work with, as well as not so tasty.

    • Sue says:

      I used firm bananas, but since you are freezing them first, it doesn’t really matter. I agree, though, that given a choice, those blackened bananas are better for bread :)

  37. Mary says:

    “store the slices in a ziploc freezer baggie” hahahahahaha, that is FUNNY, Sue. I’ve yet to have these last longer than the time it takes to freeze solid. You have a million times more self control than I do! These are awesome.

  38. Kara says:

    Can’t wait to try these!

  39. I need a stash of these in my freezer stat!

  40. Missy says:

    I just made these this afternoon! Thank you for such a simple & kid friendly recipe. P.S. I made a few with a layer of peanut butter under the chocolate as well, I hope they turn out ok :)

  41. Well just yum! I could eat a few, and then a few more – these would be dangerous at our house. Lovely!

  42. Soni says:

    Oooh this looks perfectly delicious!Cannot wait to try it for my kids :)

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